Custom Cut Winners: Tangipahoa Parish Cattle Ranchers Take Home Top Young Farmer Award at Farm Bureau Convention

Custom Cut Winners: Tangipahoa Parish Cattle Ranchers Take Home Top Young Farmer Award at Farm Bureau Convention

By Kristen Oaks-White, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

In the lush pastures and rolling hills of Kent farms, cows happily graze where the green grass grows. Russell and Amelia Kent have grown more than cattle here, though.  In their fields in the Tangipahoa and Feliciana Parishes, they've raised a business which has earned them the 2017 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award during the 95th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.

"Put the Label on the Table" Won the Talk Meet for Avoyelles Parish Youth

"Put the Label on the Table" Won the Talk Meet for Avoyelles Parish Youth

By Frankie Gould, LSU AgCenter

NEW ORLEANS - The energy, poise and professionalism of the nine contestants in this year’s Louisiana Farm Bureau Talk Meet made selection of the winner almost impossible for the judges.

In the end, William Gaspard’s “Put the Label on the Table,” took top prize.  The Avoyelles Parish youth had more than just a clever title for his 5-minute presentation, but was nevertheless taken by surprise by the win.

Strain, Donelon to Farmers: We're Running in '19

Strain, Donelon to Farmers: We're Running in '19

By Greg Hilburn, USA TODAY Network

NEW ORLEANS — Just in case you were wondering, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon do plan to run for re-election in 2019. Both chose to make that clear here during the 95th Louisiana Farm Bureau Annual Convention, an event where politicians flock to court votes.

Top Teachers Recognized at Farm Bureau Convention

Top Teachers Recognized at Farm Bureau Convention

By Allie Doise, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

NEW ORLEANS - Lisa Owens and Karen Parrino may have very different curriculums’ in their classrooms, but they are united by a single goal.

Owens decided to bring agriculture into her English classroom at Homer High School.  Parrino has used agriculture to help touch the lives of her kindergarten students at North Live Oak Elementary.

Louisiana Farmers Awash in Relief as "Waters" Rule Sinks

Louisiana Farmers Awash in Relief as "Waters" Rule Sinks

By Neil Melancon, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

NEW ORLEANS--With the EPA rescinding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act this week, Louisiana farmers and ranchers should have felt refreshed.

For many here at the 95th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Farm Bureau here, it's also rescinding an ocean of fear that has washed over the state since WOTUS was passed. The rule would have over-regulated not only Louisiana agriculture, but everyone in the state.

Personal Boundaries: One Rancher Struggles With Drug Cartels As Ag Struggles with Farm Labor Shortage

Personal Boundaries: One Rancher Struggles With Drug Cartels As Ag Struggles with Farm Labor Shortage

By Neil Melancon, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

NEW ORLEANS - More than 50,000 acres of ranchland baking in the Arizona summer sun would be a tough challenge for anyone.

At 77 years old, it would seem like it for owner and rancher Jim Chilton.  He’s used to it by now, though, handling his horses and barbed wire fences with a spryness that belies his age. What he’s never gotten used to, however, is the drug cartels that cross his land daily.